Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nancy Zieman


Nancy Zieman of 'Sewing With Nancy' dies at 64 after battle with cancer

Nancy Zieman, longtime host of Wisconsin Public Television's "Sewing With Nancy," died Tuesday at her home in Beaver Dam after a long battle with cancer. She was 64. 
According to Wisconsin Public Television, "Sewing With Nancy" was the longest-running sewing series on TV, going on the air in 1982. Hundreds of hours of episodes are still available online at wpt.org/SewingWithNancy. 
Zieman also was the founder of Nancy's Notions, a business that sold sewing books, DVDs, fabrics and more, and she helped develop Quilt Expo, an annual Madison event that drew more than 20,000 people. 
"Nancy was an entrepreneur, a talented television host, a dear friend to so many people at Wisconsin Public Television and a true Wisconsin treasure," Jon Miskowski, Wisconsin Public Television's director of television, said in a statement.
Zieman announced she was retiring in September, more than two years after she was diagnosed with osteoscaroma, a form of bone cancer. She continued doing the show, with help, for more than two years after the initial diagnosis.  
According to her retirement message on the Wisconsin Public Television website, the last episode she recorded was called "I Sew for Fun." 
Zieman is survived by her husband, Richard, their two sons, Ted and Tom, and her grandchildren. A private funeral service will be held.


  1. How sad! She contributed so much to the sewing community. She will be missed by many.

  2. It is a sad day in the sewing industry. After not sewing for myself in a while, today I was sewing a pair pants using one of her patterns when I saw the news.

  3. SO very sad.. Loved to watch her sewing show.. She will be missed.

  4. I got an email about this the other day. I did not know she was battling cancer. I will miss her sewing wisdom as I still use one of her books today.


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